“To let go of hurt is forgiveness. – Sri Bhagavan”
One of the hardest things for any of us to do is to let go. We struggle to hold on to everything in life, even to what no longer serves us.
So why is it so hard for us to let go? We’ve all experienced how difficult letting go of hurt can really be, haven’t we? I know that’s the case with my own life—I remember how much I suffered when I started trying to let go of the hurts from my past. It was a slow, painful process that demanded a lot of commitment. But my experiences are not unique. Many of us cling not just onto our old hurts, but also onto our fears, grudges and past failures. We often feel ashamed, guilty or too afraid to let go, or put another way; we don’t know how to let go.
I think it’s in our relationships that our inability to let go becomes most apparent. Many of us are holding onto the deep hurts we experienced as children that we still blame our parents for, and it’s these hurts we find nearly impossible to let go of. Over time, these childhood hurts spill out, bleeding into every other relationship—into the relationship with our partners, siblings, and friends. Our inability to let go of the past destroys the present moment, stopping us from fully engaging with life.
Here are 5 powerful tools to help you let go of old hurts and move on.